Monday, December 5, 2022

Read the Directions

The other day while perusing Pinterest, I stumbled across a cute little project that seemed to be about my speed. I downloaded the pattern, searched out yarn (from my stash) and a crochet hook, and I then stared at the thing for about a week.

On Saturday I pulled it out and got to work.

I got quite a bit accomplished. 

That's all the pieces. Now I just need to assemble them. 

(No, I'm not going to tell you what it's going to be. I need something to write about next Monday.) 

But while I was working this, I did something stupid. The pattern has us creating all the triangles first. 

Well, I got a bit bored making triangles, so I decided to skip ahead and make the square and then go back and make the rest of the triangles. Only, with the triangles you cut the yarn. At the end of the square, you leave it attached to the yarn because it isn't quite finished yet.

I only read that instruction once I was just about done with the square. Sigh.

I considered ripping it out. I considered cutting the yarn and reattaching when I was done. I wanted to smack myself for not realizing the pieces were made in the order they were made for a reason.

In the end, I did the old pull-from-the-center trick. There's another end of yarn in the center of the ball. It can be hard to get to, but this way I didn't have to cut yarn when I didn't need to.

Next time (if there's a next time) I'll know better. 

18 comments:

  1. Well, I'll just have to come back next week and see what you've done with it! I used to crochet, and pulled the end from the middle, but it often got knotted up in there. I thought I was supposed to do it that way, but it's harder!

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    1. Sometimes they make the yarn so it's center pull. But yeah, I had a whole mess of yarn when I pulled it from the center.

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  2. Well, at least you had a fix for it. Seems a bit sneaky - they should've had it in bold at the top that you needed to do the triangles first.

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    1. They did. The first bit of the pattern said "triangles--make four". I was the one who decided to skip ahead.

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  3. Glad there was a solution. I can’t wait to see what you’ve made.

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  4. I'm interested to see what this turns into.

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  5. Oh no. Looking forward to see what it is.

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  6. Wow reading this brings back memories of when I worked for Vogue Knitting. : )

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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  7. My projects always come with a bit of rebuilding. There are no instructions, just learned experience.

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    1. I think that's true for many projects. At least, the ones where you're creating something entirely new. I, at least, had the benefit of someone else doing it first.

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  8. I'll look forward to what this will become.

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  9. I like mysteries! The square and triangles look great so far. Good job with Plan B ;)

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  10. I'm glad, in a way, that I read the 12/12 post before I read this one. I might have made the same mistake. I may make this - we'll see.

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